2008 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml

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2008 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

(this wine and the 2009 version are 100% cabernet sauvignon, as Joseph Phelps is replanting some petit verdot and malbec): Bright ruby. Aromas of blueberry, crushed stone, licorice and violet. Very tight and energetic, with dark berry flavors complicated by meaty, smoky and saline nuances. Ultimately creamier than the Insignia, this saturates the entire mouth and leaves the taste buds vibrating. Finishes with major tongue-coating tannins, superb persistence and captivating minerality.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | 97

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is a beautifully delineated wine endowed with tons of personality and sheer class. The wine comes alive in the glass, with crushed rose petals, dark raspberry jam, licorice and spices. There is an exotic element to the fruit that is highly appealing. Today the tannins are quite firm, suggesting the wine needs at least a few more years in the cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2038.

Drink Dates: 2015-2038
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 198

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Wine Spectator | 94

Firm and intense, this is beautifully structured, with a tight, vivid core of mineral-laced raspberry, black cherry, anise and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and firming nicely on the finish, where the minerality provides a flinty edge.

Drink Dates: 2011-2022
Author: James Laube


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Score: 99
Author: NectarLover
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/03/2013
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Author: flwine
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/17/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2030
Score: 92
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/11/2011
Drink Dates: 2013
Tannic and closed. Opened up some with air, and had a nice nose and structure, with a good finish. Good to very good, but needs some time.
More Vintages and Sizes of Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard:

2009 (750ml)
1990 (750ml)

About This Producer


Since its founding in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been on the cutting edge of many California wine developments. From the Bordeaux-blend Insignia, first made in 1974 and Wine Spectator's wine of the year for the 2002 vintage; to the resurrection of California Syrah, also first produced in 1974, the winery has earned critical acclaim for its many estate-grown wines.

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